Security Message: Protests in Spain

SLU-Madrid has been carefully monitoring recent events in the region of Catalonia as well as their effects on Spain and the European Union. Demonstrations have taken place across Spain and are expected to continue in the coming days and weeks. Currently, no SLU-Madrid student has reached out to us requesting assistance or expressing concern over safety, and there are no official reports of U.S. citizens injured or involved; nor have there been any new travel warnings issued by the U.S. State Department. Nonetheless, we will continue to be on alert.

Student safety is a top priority for us in Madrid. We work closely with Spanish police authorities as well as the U.S. Embassy in Spain to keep the SLU-Madrid Community informed if there are any safety concerns in Madrid or in other European cities. We have reminded all students to follow the instructions issued by the U.S. State Department in their official security messages: avoid areas of demonstration and exercise caution, especially if planning to visit Catalonia. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate to violence. Students from the U.S. should also enroll in the State Department's "Smart Traveler Enrolment Program" (STEP).  

In the wake of recent developments, many conversations are taking place on campus. These events, while politically and emotionally charged for many people, also provide our community the opportunity to discuss human rights and the meaning of democracy. This is a complex and ongoing process. We have encouraged our students to keep abreast of current developments by following the news media closely. Reputable sources in English include:

The Guardian
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Times

For news in Spanish, reputable sources include:

El Pais
El Mundo

We extend an invitation to our international community, our family and friends, to pray for a peaceful resolution.

October 11, 2017
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